Toddler's Flu Death Urges Warnings to Get Vaccinated

A reminder that the flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and up.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Nov 2017
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It’s a sobering reminder to get your flu shot: An unvaccinated toddler died from complications related to Influenza A.

“This is an important reminder that influenza can cause serious illness, particularly in the very young,” County Health Officer Eric Handler, MD, said in a statement. “Everyone over 6 months of age should be vaccinated each year.”

While the name and age of the toddler haven’t been released, we do know the little boy was previously healthy. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the flu and its complications, ranging from dehydration to pneumonia. That makes both their immunization and the immunization of people around them crucial. And yes—it’s recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot too.

Last year, more than 100 kids in the US died from the flu, about 80 of whom were not vaccinated. Ready to take your child to get his or her dose? Remember, the shot, not the nasal spray, is recommended.

Read more about the flu shot here.

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